Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday - AXO Foundation #AltruisticAXO

What is Giving Tuesday?
Remember when we highlighted the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation last year?

Perhaps you are asking again:  What does #AXOFoundation do? Why do they need all 10,000 living members to contribute? Please see below:  This is the amazing work Foundation and our contributors do!

Today's gifts go toward our #AXOScholar sisters! Did you receive and AXO scholarship? Do you know a sister who did? It's your turn to #payitforward and help future sisters!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hall of Commitment - #TBT to 2014

In preparation for our December 2016 Beta Eta senior graduates, we take you back to 2014 to enjoy the fun of opening the new hall to alumnae membership.

These fabulous alumnae helped usher 43 seniors  into alumnae life and through the Hall of Commitment.

This was the big group, and we always have a second round for those with conflicting schedules!

We hated for anyone to miss their last ritual event for a bit, so we held a "remix" as well a few weeks later.

Our seniors receive a carnation like in Initiation, notecards (encouragement to stay in touch and write thank you notes! #etiquette); a star bowl to remind them of the three stars on the Coat of Arms and ritual; and an electronic notebook we prepared to help them transition into "the real world", and to show them Alpha Chi Omega's relevance for their lifetime. #4lifenot4years.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Alpha Chi Omega Convention 2016 - #AXOSunshine

It might be chilly and fall-like, but we are remembering back to "fun in the sun" with our sisters in Orlando on this #FlashbackFriday.

We didn’t win any awards in 2016, but we still had fun! (Awards from Convention 2012, #AXOattheArch, and Convention 2010). The Beta Eta chapter won the Community Relations Award, and we were thrilled for them! Xi Omega Xi, the alumnae chapter we share with Beta Eta also won TWO awards (many thanks to their president and Beta Eta chapter advisor, Britain!):  Sisterhood Award and Long Distance Collegiate Support Award!

Plan to join us in Austin, TX for Convention 2018. Jenn said, "Will the hashtag be #KeepAXOWeird?" (love it!)

A photo montage from our treasurer JSBH to share “What’s Convention Like? …” Answer:  AMAZING!

We were so fortunate to enjoy the company of five current collegians at Convention!
Anna, Mckayla, Whitney, Gianna, Mindy

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Salad Days! #WhyAlphaChiWednesday

Celebrating the arrival of summer at our annual Salad Days event in May turned into a joyful ritual moment when we recognized our 25-year, 50-year, and 60-year members! Thanks to our president Amy for always being prepared to honor our sisters. Salad Days is usually our largest event of the year, and we are thankful for the attendance of the Real.Strong.Women who live their AXO values, Wisdom.Devotion.Achievement.

Amy, president, conducting the ceremony (L-R, Julie, Barbara, Lynda, Karen)

Britain pinning Annette with the 50-year pin

Britain pinning Maxine with the 60-year pin (to the right, Alyssa, Jocelyn, Amberly, Tara)

Britain pinning Motney with the 60-year member pin

Our 25-year, 50-year, and 60-year
L-R Julie (Beta Lambda), Lynda (Beta Gamma), Karen (Beta Eta), Maxine (Beta Eta), Annette (Beta Eta), Arlene (Gamma Chi), Barbara (Gamma Iota), Amy (Zeta Upsilon), and Motney (Beta Eta),  

And! Amy sent our photo to The Lyre!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

#WeddingWednesday for our Beta Sigma sister

Best Wishes to our alumna sister from UGA, Beta Sigma, Chris who found her Alpha Chi Omega Sweetheart in Daren!

Chris is also the mom of Britney, a Beta Sigma, and "YaYa" to legacy Kate.

We wish Chris and Daren a long life together.

Friday, October 14, 2016

#FlashbackFriday - Hall of Commitment Spring 2015

It is a joy to guide the senior Beta Eta collegians through the Hall of Commitment (formerly know as the Third Degree of Initiation) in December and April. We usually have so many in April we end up conducting the ceremony two to three times in order to accommodate "senior schedules."
These are the gifts the sisters received from the chapter along with a special brunch. Aren't they so, so lucky?

Round 1

Round 2

Thursday, October 13, 2016

75-year Member Pinning Ceremony w/ @AXO_FSU to honor #AXO #FoundersDay

A special tribute today as we look forward to the 131st birthday of Alpha Chi Omega Women's Fraternity, Inc. on October 15th (our Founders' Day at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN).

We celebrate a sister who lived a good life and remained active with #AXO for all her 95 years!

Edith Marjorie "Margie" Smith Green visited the chapter to receive her 75-year member pin in April 2014. Her grandson (an FSU Sigma Chi alumnus), her son and daughter-in-law (an FSU circus alumna and AXO alumna initiate!) accompanied Margie. Our alumnae chapter and the Beta Eta collegians ate dinner, presented her pin, celebrated with cake, took photos and sang. ETE was so blessed to meet Margie and help with the celebration.

Fun Fact:  Margie was best buddies with Mary Budd Holmes. Here are their two bricks from the brick sidewalk at Beta Eta.

(We know the company misspelled devoted! We had it corrected)


Gainesville - Marjorie Smith Green, age 95, died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Marjorie was born in Jacksonville, Florida May 19, 1919 to Paul H. and Edith Miller Smith. She moved to Gainesville from Tampa, Florida in 1945. Margie graduated from FSCW (FSU) wher
e she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, the Esther Sunday School Class, the Junior League and a charter member of PEO Chapter FH. She was an avid bridge and domino player. 

Mrs. Green was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Paul. Survivors are two brothers, Ernest and Virgil, two sons, Alonzo Frank Green, III (Pam), Paul Michael Green (Martha), both of Gainesville, Florida; three grandchildren, Michael V. Green, Alonzo Frank Green IV & Paul Wallace Green; five great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TMH Gala #WhyAlphaChiWednesday #axoalumnae #AltruisticAXO

Our Sisters were out on the town ... or more like, at the Civic Center to look glamourous, support enjoy the TMH Gala, support health funding, and enjoy the melodious tunes of ... James Taylor!

Katie S. Carson (Gamma Iota), Wendy McL Kerr (Gamma Iota), Britain D Riley (Beta Eta), Kristen S Costa (Gamma Iota/Beta Eta), Susan D Stafford (Alpha Omega), Caryn Beck Dudley (Beta Xi)

Christine T Ashburn (Beta Eta)
Tracey G Cohen (Epsilon Chi)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

#TBT - Hall of Commitment Fall 2015

We look forward with happiness and nostolgia to hosting another Hall of Commitment in December.

These graduates are already adding Alpha Chi Omega values to the world! #goodness #kindness

Cassidy Erickson - Invisalign
Summer Nerguard - PT school
Lauren Martino - grad school
Katie Jo Rogers - nursing school at Troy
Lorie Riegelsberger - teaching in Tampa
Alyssa Hunter - Delta

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#WCW - #axoyoungalums in FSU Medical School

We don't get to see them very often, but we are proud of Abigail and Erica!
We hope to meet more #AXO sisters from other chapters at #FSUMedicalSchool. We are privileged to have met so many #FSULaw students from other chapters!

Abigail E Trotter
Class of 2018
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University

Abigail graduated magna cum laude in the Honors Program from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science and a minor in chemistry. In 2013 to 2014 Abigail worked at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, where she assisted Dr. Kirbo, Dr. Rosenburg and Dr. DeRosier and the nursing staff in minor clinic surgeries. In 2013, Abigail was one of eight students from Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-professional health society, selected to spend a week in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, working with physicians and pharmacists in rural health clinics. She also participated in the Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP) with Dr. Tushar Patel and his work on intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas. In the summer of 2012, she studied at L’Institute de Catholique de Paris, a language school in Paris, where she attended classes taught entirely in French with other international students. She participated in many organizations, including her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. She was a member of the Student Alumni Association Leadership Council and served as the recruitment chair for Light the Night FSU in 2013. Abigail was the Mentor Program director for Alpha Epsilon Delta and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Erica Heinrichs

Class of 2019

Hometown: Valrico, Fla.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University
Erica attended Florida State University and graduated magna cum laude with an honors-in-the-major B.S. degree in biological science. She was involved in undergraduate research and completed an undergraduate honors research thesis in evolutionary genomics, investigating the effect of selection on early- and late-age mating proportion in Drosophila flies. During her undergraduate career Erica was inducted into several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Rho Lambda and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Outside of academics, Erica served the community by volunteering with many organizations, primarily the women's Refuge House and the PACE Center of Tallahassee. In addition, she was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, where she served as vice president on the executive board. After graduation, Erica worked for two years in the Dermatology Research and Practice Scholars Program as a medical assistant under Dr. Armand B. Cognetta, a Mohs micrographic surgeon. In her free time, Erica enjoys participating in 5K runs, traveling to new places and hiking with her spaniel, Anabelle. She chose the FSU College of Medicine because of its focus on patient-centered health care, emphasis on responsiveness to community needs and dedication to serving rural and underserved communities.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Laura Kilby Rogers - #WhyAlphaChi #WomenCrushWednesday

Our sister Laura Rogers (Beta Eta, FSU) has done almost everything! She shines as an example of our #AlphaChiOmega brand:  #RealStrongWomen.

Laura served on the #AXO - Beta ETa House Corporation, #Leon High School and Cobb Middle School #PTO president, #JuniorLeague of Tallahasse president; and serves as Best and Brightest Awards coordinator, Board of the Friends of the Library, Trinity United Methodist church member, member of the Leon High Foundation ... and so many more ... don't forget, chosen as a "Twenty Five Women You Need to Know"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Amanda Thompson - #COCA - #WCW - #WhyAlphaChi

What a treat to celebrate the #FineArts with our sister Amanda K. Thompson, initiate of Alpha Upsilon!
Thank you Tallahassee Democrat for this portrait of our sister!

25 women you need to know: Amanda Karioth Thompson
If you believe that art is important, that a community prospers when it is surrounded by beautiful things, and that artists need the occasional helping hand to grow and create for all of us — then you probably have Amanda Karioth Thompson to thank.
For the last 10 years, as a smiling face of COCA, the Council on Culture & Arts, Thompson, its Education and Exhibitions Director, has curated public art shows from the State Capitol to the airport. She has served as liaison to schools and arts organizations and she has been a leader in bringing large scale art pieces to public spaces.
Additionally, Thompson serves on dozens of committees pertaining to music, art, and learning and her list of classroom volunteerism, arts mentorships and service organizations’ leadership stretch from local schools to the Junior League and Senior Centers.
So how did this Woman (we) Need to Know get that way?
Brimming with enthusiasm and intelligence, Thompson says that creativity is in her DNA. With grandparents who valued music and fine craft, visual expression and performing seemed to come naturally. “I had an epiphany in the third grade that I would become an art teacher,” she says. And in a way, that is her role at COCA. Thompson says that she is thrilled by the curiosity and bravery of working artists — and she strives to provide support and make spaces for that work to be brought to the public.
Thompson, who has two Bachelor’s degrees in art and a Master’s in Art Education from Florida State University, says that when she was hired at COCA a decade ago, she had a steep climb ahead of her. “All of COCA’s educational initiatives were built from scratch based on the expressed needs of this community.  As fulfilling as that has been, I have found myself, more than once, lamenting the absence of some kind of roadmap. I’ve learned so much from other educators and leaders in the arts and I try to take the best bits from each of them.”
She has grown from professional challenges and acknowledges her mentors. “We all have someone who has shown a demonstrated interest in our success. I have a list a mile long of people who have lifted me up and believed in me, even when I didn’t deserve it. Leaders need good models and I’ve had more than my fair share.”
Just as important as her job, Thompson feels strongly about volunteerism. As a child, she remembers Thanksgivings helping with dinners for the homeless, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and making care packages for grieving families. “Volunteering gives you empathy and teaches you how to motivate others, work towards a common goal, and celebrate the unique talents of each individual.”
About empathy, Thompson says that both curiosity and empathy have helped her most in leadership roles. “It’s so important to be sensitive to someone’s talents as well as their insecurities. An artist’s work is essentially an extension of themselves and, very often, I’m putting it on public display. That can be scary. I spend a lot of time reassuring, validating and cheering people on.”
As a native Tallahasseean, she is fiercely loyal to this town. “This community raised me. It has nurtured my gifts, strengthened my weaknesses, and continues to show me love in unexpected and beautiful ways."
And though Amanda Thompson seems everywhere, all the time, in the arts community, it’s the support of loved ones that keeps her energized. “I have an amazing husband and incredible parents who instilled in me a deep sense of compassion for others and respect for creativity.  I’ve got some of the smartest and most generous friends imaginable and they’ve saved my tail a time or two. Being surrounded by people who celebrate my triumphs and steady me when I stumble is one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for.”

She coordinates and curates one of our favorites:  "Art in Public Places" program.

Who are our other stellar AXO sisters in this category?
Tracey Cohen (Epsilon Chi, UNC Chapel Hill)
Laura Rogers (Beta Eta, FSU)
Keenan Fishburne (Gamma Chi, Stetson)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Alumnae Panhellenic of Tallahassee Annual Scholarship Luncheon #TBT 2014

vp ritual & fraternity appreciation, (Suzi C), Panhellenic delegate (Josie G), president (Ashley S)

In anticipation of Thursday, April 28th at University City Club:  Memories Monday.
We are doing something different this year, and you don't want to miss the appetizers and fun at the FSU Stadium! It's the perfect "Happy Hour with a Cause" after work.

Our sister Karen is the chair of the event and she has worked diligently on this event overcoming many trips and travails. Give some #sisterhoodsupport, and join us at the event.

Buy your ticket online
$15 donation includes:  donation to the 2017 scholarships, appetizers and one drink
April 28th, 2016 5:30 PM   through   7:30 PM
University Center Club
Stadium Drive
TallahasseeFL 32306

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

#AXOInfluential #AXOVolunteer #GiveThanks #appreciateeverylittleservicerendered

It is Volunteer Appreciation Week for Alpha Chi Omega!

Thank you alumnae who serve as specialists, advisors, National Panhellenic Council Vice Presidents, alumnae officers, and all our alumnae who keep AXO alive in their hearts and actions.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS OF time, talent and treasure! Alpha Chi would not work without YOU!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#HeraDay -

What act(s) of kindness will YOU do for others today?

Thank you Kappa Tau Kappa alumnae from Las Vegas

Thank you Beta Nu Chapter at the University of Utah


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#MissLillian and #GardenClub

What a delight to see Sara Lou and Motney in the Tallahassee Democrat (see the green stars on the left!)! We love them so much!

Sara Lou is a 1950 initiate of Beta Eta, and grew up in Tallahassee. You have never met a sweeter, Southern lady.

Motney (int. 1955) is the eldest sister of Maxine and Annette. We say they are the "triple-threat AXO Hannon sisters". They all grew up in Tallahassee and are Alpha Chi Omega, Real.Strong.Women., and Beta Etas through and through!